For all the wonderful things about Atlanta and Georgia, apparently our healthcare and access to healthcare is not one of them. Forbes recently conducted a study of the best and worst healthcare systems by state in the United States and Georgia came in… dead last.
How was it determined that Georgia has the worst healthcare in the country?
Forbes reported, “To determine which states are best and worst for healthcare, Forbes Advisor compared all 50 states across 24 metrics spanning four key categories: healthcare access, healthcare outcomes, healthcare cost and quality of hospital care.”
In states with the worst healthcare systems, Forbes found that, “accessing healthcare may be more challenging due to high costs, a lack of health insurance coverage, too few healthcare providers and barriers to receiving timely and effective care.”
How Georgia ranked
Georgia scored a 100 out of 100 for poor healthcare, putting it at the top of the list for the worst healthcare in the United States.
Forbes reported that, among other things, 15.5% of residents “chose not to see a doctor at some point in the past 12 months due to cost.”
Georgia also stands out as the state with the third highest percentage of residents who lack health insurance coverage in general, the fifth highest kidney disease mortality rate, the eighth highest stroke mortality rate, and eighth highest average deductible for residents with single health insurance coverage through an employer.
Georgia is followed by Alabama as the second worst state for healthcare in the U.S., beating Georgia by nearly 13 points overall.
The state with the best healthcare in the United States is Minnesota, with a score of 0 out of 100.See the full study at Forbes’ website here!
Healthcare is a crucial part of our society, and we hope that Georgia’s access to good healthcare can improve, so everyone is safer, healthier and happier!